Former Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago dancer and teacher Jon Lehrer sets out on his own in upstate New York.
A step-by-step guide to creating updated versions of three favorite hairstyles
All in Good Taste
Choosing appropriate costumes and music for performance
Costuming on a Shoestring
K-12 teachers share their creative and thrifty solutions for dressing students for the stage.
New costumes for the upcoming season
It Takes a Town
Miami-based studio Dance Town stands out for its focus on ballroom training and family values.
The creator of Jump Rhythm technique wants dancers to rediscover the primal joy of movement.
Improve your students' dancing by helping them learn the meaning behind the movement.
A Quiet Approach
A new technique helps students concentrate better in the classroom.
How Am I Doing?
Strategies for evaluating yourself as an instructor
Between the Steps
Techniques for smoothing students' transitions
Performance Planner: In the News
Use current events to inspire your next recital.
Higher-ed faculty talk about why teaching on other campuses is good for them—and their students.
What a Production!
Spectacular sets take hard work, team effort and careful planning.
Ask the Experts
Advice on common recital challenges: handling ticket sales and the intermission debate
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The exhibit Radical Bodies: Anna Halprin, Simone Forti, Yvonne Rainer in California and New York, 1955–1972 is filled with exhibits, performances and conferences honoring the three postmodern dance living legends.
"I describe it as organized chaos," says Kimberly Rishi with a laugh, as she hunts for a quiet space inside her 12,000-square-foot studio in Ashburn, Virginia. In any given week, Studio Bleu Dance Center's 11 dance studios accommodate 800 enrolled students, 52 staff members, adults who take drop-in classes, plus kids in vocal and piano programs and an affiliated ballet conservatory. "It may look like there's always a party going on," Rishi says, "but that's not the case. There's a schedule, and everyone knows where they're headed."
When Rishi took the reins in 2003, there were only 80 students, 20 of whom were competitive. Today, 300 dancers are enrolled for the competition program. And just this winter, she launched a musical theater program, taking in triple-threat hopefuls in the area. While the Ashburn area (outside of Washington, DC) is burgeoning, faculty member Heidi Moe says Studio Bleu's growth is due to more than changing demographics. It's the direct result of Rishi's business experience and leadership ability.
Irish dancer Cara Butler remembers the helpful advice that her teacher Donny Golden gave her as a child to ease her mind before competitions.
"I remember that he was really good at calming my nerves as a kid. He would always say, 'Your nerves are a form of energy. Use it as fuel.' That was something, especially when I was younger, that would always get me through it. I find that even today I still get nervous about certain performances. But he taught me to just use it as energy and think of it as a good thing. If you're not nervous, where is the emotion and the passion? Nerves are good."
Dancer and choreographer Chuck Davis, who founded the largest African dance festival, DanceAfrica, and performance company African American Dance Ensemble, died Sunday at his home in Durham, North Carolina. He was 80. Known for his benevolent spirit and powerful presence, he was committed to keeping the roots of African dance alive, as well as fusing together the older traditions with contemporary choreography. In 2004 he was honored with a Dance Magazine Award and a Bessie Award in 2014 for outstanding service to the field of dance.